This article was first printed in PETRIe 66 (2014).

This word salad poem is a Dadaist piece, written and constructed from words and phrases representing the theme of ‘Rejection’, including but not limited to Harriet Tarlo’s ‘Introduction’ from The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011) and Walter Benjamin’s Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings, ed. by Peter Demetz (New York: Schocken Books, 2007), as well as my own research and understanding of ‘Rejection’, ‘Rebellion’ and ‘Fashion’.


The Rebel

A force in

Monochrome, and


to peasant re –

volts of the ‘drab’ movement -

unmade for continuity.


She’s framed in diversification:

The Urban,

[un] dressing the balance

0f a 90’s Neon resistance

in favour of White

in all its many guises.


For, she is stronger in Stripes.


She seeks to establish

fashion governance in Pastels -

an exhilarating challenge.

Once shaped to expose the space between her peep-toe,

The Defender of Her Art.


Leap over

small changes

incremental but significant –

(a radical difficult to represent)

her sonic chiming of the Maxi Skirt

and High-Wedged Sandal.


This is Your Testament.


To the refusal of obedience, and order.

It doesn’t dictate or circumscribe, or limit

Mrs Mass ‘anti-Red shirt’,

one is innovative.


Yet it does assume a degree of dynamism when pushing those boundaries


of colour, juxtaposition

because Difference is often located

beyond the garden gate

of a High Street revolution.

A Mistress of the Uprising.


The insurrection of nonviolent conflict

at shops on every corner.

The latest fascination is under

‘scrupulous examination’

in the form of the

Boyfriend Blazer. This is a restoration


of old, addressing

the political message, and


the ecological

importance of our relationship


to fabrics housed in one’s enclosure.


The boundary wall lies broken.


And the Leg escapes armed rebellion

because it refuses...


to construct new meanings.


Words: Sophie-Louise Hyde

Image Source: Taryn Simon, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, 2007. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Contraband Room at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York.